Under the CoC interim rule, utility deposits are an eligible cost under the Supportive Services budget line item. This form of assistance consists of paying for utility deposits, which must be a one-time fee, paid directly to a utility company. 24 CFR § 578.53(e)(16). HUD rules do not limit this to be for one particular type of utility, so gas, electric, or water would qualify.
While § 578.53(e)(16) of the interim rule relates specifically to deposits, § 578.53(e)(8) is broader and allows programs to cover the costs of "securing utilities" in order to assist eligible participants to locate, obtain, and retain suitable housing, which would include expenses associated with shut-off notices or reconnection fees.